When you send out your Curriculum Vitae (CV), it should reflect the demands of each company based on current professional practices. Anything that looks outdated will only make you appear not to be fit for a job in the current climes. Here are things to help you note if your CV is outdated or not:
When creating categories for your CV, some people include one with their personal interests, such as hobbies or activities. Don’t waste space on your CV talking about what you like to do outside of work. Instead, use the space to show off your qualifications for the position. Save the information about your personal interests for your interview if you need something to talk about.
Companies don’t want to know what your objective is in writing a CV. They have their own objective: to find someone to hire. If you want to write something at the beginning of your CV, write a summary of your qualifications. Include 3-7 lines at the beginning of your CV to describe your education and work experience that makes you qualified for the position posted.
If you choose to make a list of your skills, think about each one that you add. You should include anything that is specific to the job that you’re applying for. For example, if you’re applying for a position as a video editor, you may want to include various software programs that you’re proficient at using. Don’t include outdated skills, such as Microsoft Office or the Internet. Most companies will expect everyone to know how to use these anyway.
When you list your job experience, it’s important to include information about what you accomplished in each position. In the past, people have listed what their job responsibilities were for each position. Now, companies want you to quantify and qualify your accomplishments instead.
You don’t have to hold yourself to one page, but you shouldn’t take too many pages either. Use a page or 2, but try to have a good balance of blank space and words on the page. Use a proper-sized font so the person reading it won’t have any problems discovering why you’re the right choice for the open position.
It may have been commonplace for people to include their home address in past times, but it is no longer necessary. In place of your home address, you should include your cell phone number and email address. You should also have an updated email address.
By Damilola Faustino
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